Simon Restubog


School of Labor and Employment Relations

247D LER Building, 504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820-6297


PhD Organizational Psychology, University of Queensland
MA Counseling, De La Salle University
BA Psychology and BS Education, De La Salle University

Prior to moving to the United States, I have held academic positions at the Australian National University, University of New South Wales and the University of Queensland in Australia.

Research Interests

My program of research focuses on three streams: employment relationships and future of work, the dark side of human behavior in organizations and career development.

First, I study employment relationships using the psychological contracts as an explanatory framework. Psychological contracts represent beliefs about mutual obligations between the employee and the employer. These obligations include both the employer’s obligations to the employee and the employee’s obligations to the employer. My scholarly work in this area captures two inter-related themes – contract formation (i.e., how individual and organizational factors shape psychological contracts?) and maintenance of psychological contracts (i.e., what person and contextual factors influence the (non)fulfillment of psychological contracts?). Moreover, I am interested in understanding the future of work and more specifically, how artificial intelligence shapes work tasks and processes, careers, and work identities.

Second, I am interested in seeking explanations as to why individuals behave in ways that are detrimental to themselves, their employers, and others. Specifically, I explore three converging questions: 1) why do individuals engage in dysfunctional/destructive behaviors at work? 2) what are the consequences of these dysfunctional/destructive behaviors on employees, their families, and third parties? and 3) what can be done to minimize these behaviors?

My third stream of research explores the conditions in which individuals adapt and persist at work as well as the barriers to workplace participation and advancement. Specifically, my research closely examines the workplace experiences of two distinct groups: 1) students, scientists and professionals in STEM and 2) vulnerable (e.g., victims of intimate partner aggression, migrant workers) and stigmatized individuals (e.g., people living with HIV).

My scholarly work has appeared or been accepted for publication in applied psychology (e.g., Journal of Applied PsychologyJournal of Organizational BehaviorLeadership Quarterly), general psychology (e.g., Current Directions in Psychological Science, Journal of Research in Personality), industrial relations (e.g., British Journal of Industrial Relations), management and organizations (e.g., Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Organization Studies), management engineering (e.g., Journal of Construction Engineering and ManagementJournal of Management in Engineering), marketing and tourism (e.g., Journal of Service ResearchTourism Management), and vocational and counseling psychology (e.g., Journal of Counseling PsychologyJournal of Vocational Behavior).

Since 2008, I have received 11 nationally and internationally competitive grants from Australia (e.g., Australian Research Council – Discovery and Linkage Schemes), Canada (e.g., Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), and China (e.g., National Natural Science Foundation of China) totaling approximately USD 1.4 million.

Recent Competitive Grants

Recent Competitive Grants

Zhu, L., Aquino, K., Restubog, S. L. D. (2024-2028). Helping or hindering? Understanding workplace help rejection. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Insight Grant. Total funding: C$165,364.

Zhu, L., Aquino, K., & Restubog, S. L. D. (2018-2023). Moral identity symbolization in organizations: Mechanisms and consequences. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Insight Grant. Total funding: C$138,350.

Chen, Z. G. W., De Cieri, H., Jack, G., Kiazad, K., Eva, N., Ilies, R., Restubog, S. L. D., Liden, R., & Muhr, S. L. (2018-2020). Multidisciplinary international network on thriving. Monash University –International Networks of Excellence – Grant Scheme. Total funding: A$298,000.

Kiazad, K., Restubog, S. L. D., Capezio, A., Hom, P., Holtom, B., & Lee, T. (2017-2019). Strengthening Australia’s science workforce: A job embeddedness perspective. DP170101514. Australian Research Council – Discovery Scheme. Total funding: A$172,685.

Keating, B., Goecke, R., Gregor, S., Campbell, J., Roberts, D., Haller, A., Restubog, S. L. D., & Leitch, S. (2017-2019). Preventing railway suicide: An open systems perspective. LP160100910. Australian Research Council – Linkage Scheme. Total funding: A$450,000 (plus A$360,000 contribution from Sydney Trains and Tracksafe Foundation)

Editorial Roles/Board Memberships

Editorial Roles/Board Memberships

Senior Associate Editor, Journal of Vocational Behavior
Associate Editor, Human Relations
Consulting Editor, Journal of Applied Psychology
Editorial Board Member, Group & Organization Management
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management Studies
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Business & Psychology


LER 562 HR Planning and Staffing
LER 590 CMT Career Management

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